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Miners on the Rise

Over the last month alone, we have detected several large botnets designed to profit from concealed crypto mining. We have also observed growing numbers of attempts to install miners on servers owned by organizations. When these attempts are successful, the companiesrsquo; business processes suffer because data processing speeds fall substantially.
Defendant to ask Supreme Court if compelled decryption is a 5th Amendment breach.
Locking down servers and cloud with this itty-bitty chip Google has unveiled more details about how security built into its custom silicon chips underpins the integrity of its servers and cloud-based services.…

No Free Pass for ExPetr

Recently, there have been discussions around the topic that if our product is installed, ExPetr malware wonrsquo;t write the special malicious code which encrypts the MFT to MBR.
Some have even speculated that some kind of conspiracy might be ongoing.… Read Full Article

Schroedinger’s Pet(ya)

Earlier today (June 27th), we received reports about a new wave of ransomware attacks spreading around the world, primarily targeting businesses in Ukraine, Russia and Western Europe. Our investigation is ongoing and our findings are far from final at this time.

Despite rampant public speculation, the following is what we can confirm from our independent analysis.
Acronis True Image fails to securely check for and retrieve updates,which an allow an authenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code with administrator privileges.

50 hashes per hour

In this research we'll be revisiting the USB port – this time in attempts to intercept user authentication data on the system that a microcomputer is connected to.

As we discovered, this type of attack successfully allows an intruder to retrieve user authentication data – even when the targeted system is locked.
In the several years that the Dridex family has existed, there have been numerous unsuccessful attempts to block the botnetrsquo;s activity.

The ongoing evolution of the malware demonstrates that the cybercriminals are not about to bid farewell to their brainchild, which is providing them with a steady revenue stream.
Moments ago, Neel Mehta, a researcher at Google posted a mysterious message on Twitter.

The cryptic message in fact refers to similarity between samples that have shared code between themselves.

The two samples Neel refers to post are a Wannacry cryptor sample and a Lazarus APT group sample.
Yesterday’s Patch Tuesday release also included an update to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge browsers officially ending support for the SHA-1 hash function.
The Tuesday updates for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge force those browsers to flag SSL/TLS certificates signed with the aging SHA-1 hashing function as insecure.

The move follows similar actions by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox earlier this year.Browser vendors and certificate authorities have been engaged in a coordinated effort to phase out the use of SHA-1 certificates on the web for the past few years, because the hashing function no longer provides sufficient security against spoofing.[ Safeguard your data! The tools you need to encrypt your communications and web data. • Maximum-security essential tools for everyday encryption. • InfoWorld's encryption Deep Dive how-to report. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security Report newsletter. ]SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1) dates back to 1995 and has been known to be vulnerable to theoretical attacks since 2005.

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has banned the use of SHA-1 by U.S. federal agencies since 2010, and digital certificate authorities have not been allowed to issue SHA-1-signed certificates since Jan. 1, 2016, although some exemptions have been made -- for example, for outdated payment terminals.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Check your hash, delete the app, change your passwords If you use the popular video transcoder Handbrake on a Mac, the distributors want you to check the download hash after one of their mirrors was compromised.…